Reading with the Pastor James 3 and Psalm 56-57 As a teacher, it is hard for me to get past verse 1 of chapter 3 in the letter of James. “Let not many of you become teachers, my brothers, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.” There is a weight that any teacher … More How is it Possible to Write Without Pain?
Reading with the Pastor Mark 9 and Psalm 45 Today’s reading comes back to a continuing theme in Jesus’ discipleship of the twelve (and of us). This wasn’t the only time that the disciples were caught arguing over which of them had more honor and prestige in the eyes of Jesus. Even on the night before he … More Striving for Power and Prestige
Now this is going to blow your mind, so you better sit down! The first year of the Aztec Empire is considered to be 1428 and it ruled the Valley of Mexico until 1521. Well, Oxford University was actually founded in 1096! That means it’s hundreds of years older than the Aztecs? It’s hard to … More Fun Fact for the Weekend
The following is an account of Gospel victory among a distinct but small people group in the Philippines. Why is this important? Well, it is important for at least 5 reasons: Scripture says that heaven will be composed of peoples from every tribe and tongue (Rev. 14:6). All peoples are significant and need the gospel … More From the Cutting Edge of Church Planting
I have been home in bed for two days trying to conserve my strength as I battle the flu. It has given me much time to read, between nodding off from exhaustion. One of the books occupying my time is Wayne Cordeiro’s The Divine Mentor (Bethany House, 2007). I have known Pastor Cordeiro’s ministry story … More A Divine Mentor
The following is excerpted from Kairos Journal. While it deals with the somewhat arcane subject of work ethics, it has much broader application. As the culture drifts further away from biblical values, Christians need to shift more (not all) of their tactics from public disputation (which must continue) to better art, better literature, better poetry, … More Christians Need to Tell Better a Story
“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” Madeleine L’Engle. “O God, give me grace to … More Haunting Quotes Filled with Truth